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Complaint Review: Government Grants Association

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  • Submitted: Thu, February 17, 2005
  • Updated: Thu, February 17, 2005

  • Reported By:Champaign, IL 6l820 Illinois
Government Grants Association
Clearwater, Florida U.S.A.

Government Grants Association foolishly gave my account information; they will debit my account on 2/28/05, can only reach answering service where voice mail is full will have to cancel my checking account RIPOFF Clearwater, Florida

*Consumer Suggestion: Have learned from the past

*Consumer Suggestion: Great intentions, but bad methodology.

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Albert (EmployeeID# 2003 phoned me from Florida stating that he had a government grant for my son Shawn. I informed him Shawn was not at home and asked him to leave a message. He asked me whom I was and I told him I was Shawn's mother. He stated that Shawn was eligible to receive a government grant for $5,000. When I asked what government agency was involved, he told me they would be sending me materials explaining everything via U.S. Mail.

When he switched me over to the verification unit they began asking me again for my personal information. They gave me a confirmation number of 2840024 I was then informed that $199.95 would be deducted from my qccount on February 28,2005.

When I inquired what the charge was for, I was told for the informational kit that contained all the paperwork I would need to file for the grant. I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with this company but Albert, who sounded Indian, assured me that this was legitimate.

This was concluded. However, Albert called me again one hour later and stated that he needed me to complete the verification process over again. I informed him that I had given this offer further thought and had decided that I did not want to subscribe to this service. He overcame my objections by assuring me that this was a legitimate comepany, and gave me his e-mail address.

When I spoke to my son about this offer, he told me that this is probably not a legitimate company and that I should call them back to rescind my acceptance. I have been trying to contact someone at both their toll free numbers, but to no avail.

Just now my phone call made it through the automated system and I was able to speak with someone regarding the cancellation of my order. He assureds me that he would not be processing the electronic withdrawal. When I asked him if somehow the transaction is processed, he stated that I only needed to call them to request a refund. I think as a precaution, I will still close my account and open a new one.

In the future I will not be giving out my personal information so willingly. It sounded like a good deal at the time; but I was feeling the need to do what I could to help my son who is a newlywed graduate student with a baby due in September '05. Perhaps I can discover another way in which to help him.

Bernadine
Champaign, IL 6l820, Illinois
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Have learned from the past

AUTHOR: Katrina - (U.S.A.)

Bernadine,

I too almost fell for this scam because there are real legit government grants that you can apply for... however, thru research, I have found you DO NOT have to pay for them!! I have always been a little sceptical, and ask a lot of questions. This same man called me, so I asked him to send me information thru the mail, he didn't say anything about charging me, but asked me for my account information... that sent up red flags for me!! He told me it was just to "verify that I was who I said I was" HA!!!

I told him I would not give him my information, he started using a lot of rebuttles and accually got very rude and almost sounded threatning. At that point I just told him I guess I didn't need the money that bad and hung up on him. I see that you are from IL, I am in IA not too far from you, so i'm wondering if he is working this area. The best advice I can give is never give out your personal information over the phone and if you don't want telemarketing calls, put yourself on the national do not call list.

I have stopped getting a lot of calls!! Also, you should be able to stop the check by calling your bank, it will save you the hassle of having to close your account. I wish you the best of luck and congrats with your new grandchild!!
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#2 Consumer Suggestion

Great intentions, but bad methodology.

AUTHOR: Paul - (U.S.A.)

Isn't this a great country we live in? I mean, where else would someone call up and force you to take a $5,000 grant?

They called twice. They were determined that your son get his $5,000. Isn't that nice?

What a shame that it's too good to be true!

You called the accent correctly. They are Indians. The frauds have outsourced the call centers there. The frauds are all American. But, they simply use Indian workers to do the dirty work. I doubt the Indians know what they are involved with. Most of them are just too happy to have the income.

If you ever get mixed up in fraud, don't call back and waste your time trying to cancel. Remember, they're frauds. There are no refunds if you change your mind. Did you ever hear of a bank robber who came back and returned the money he stole? Same thing here.

The bank charge reversal is your only way out. Trust me, they've taken the money the minute you got off the phone. Get it back. Close the account.

There are a million more frauds out there, all vying for your hard-earned dollars. So, watch out!
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